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Also Known As: Died: February 11, 2012
Born: August 9, 1963 Cause of Death: Accidental Drowning, Drug Overdose
Birth Place: Newark, New Jersey, USA Profession: Music ...
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1974:
Began singing at age 11 in her mother's choir (date approximate)
1978:
Worked as a background vocalist for singers Chaka Khan and Lou Rawls, beginning at age 15 (date approximate)
1981:
Appeared on the cover of several magazines at age 18; also sang a duet with Teddy Pendergrass, "Hold Me" (date approximate)
1983:
Signed to a recording contract by Clive Davis of Arista Records at age 19
1985:
Made professional solo performance debut at the New York nightclub "Sweetwater's"
1985:
Performed the song "Shock Me," for the film "Perfect"
1985:
Released debut album <i>Whitney Houston</i>; sold over 13 million copies, making it the best-selling debut ever by a female artist
1986:
Performed the song "The Greatest Love of All" for the film "School for Vandals"
1987:
Second album <i>Whitney</i> debuted at the top of the pop charts, the first time ever for a female solo act
1992:
Made feature film acting debut in "The Bodyguard," a romantic drama with Kevin Costner; re-recorded the Dolly Parton song "I Will Always Love You" for the soundtrack
1995:
Co-starred in the ensemble drama "Waiting to Exhale" and contributed the single "Exhale (Shoop Shoop)" to the soundtrack
1995:
Starred alongside Denzel Washington in "The Preacher's Wife" and received Grammy Award nominations for the album's soundtrack, which featured traditional and contemporary gospel songs
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Formed Houston Productions
1996:
Houston Productions signed two-year, non-exclusive first look deal with Touchstone Pictures
1997:
Co-executive produced and starred in an updated TV remake of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Cinderella" (ABC); played the Fairy Godmother to Brandy's Cinderella
1998:
Collaborated with Mariah Carey on the single "When You Believe" for the animated film "The Prince of Egypt"
1998:
Released first album in eight years <i>My Love Is Your Love</i>; collaborated with Missy Elliott, Wyclef Jean, Lauryn Hill, and Q-Tip
2000:
Arrested in Hawaii when airline authorities reportedly found marijuana in her luggage (charges later dismissed)
2000:
Dropped from the Academy Awards telecast officially because of a sore throat, but reportedly due to poor rehearsals
2000:
Released the two-disc compilation <i>Greatest Hits</i>, which featured one disc of hits and one of remixes; included duets with Enrique Iglesias, George Michael, and Deborah Cox
2001:
Served as a producer of the Disney film "The Princess Diaries"
2001:
Signed exclusive long-term contract with Arista Records worth a reported $100 million
2002:
Sued for $100 million by her father's entertainment company for breach of contract; lawsuit later thrown out by a superior court judge
2002:
Admitted to Diane Sawyer on the ABC news program "Primetime Live" that she abused marijuana, cocaine and alcohol
2004:
Checked into a drug rehab center, but checked out within a week
2005:
Under orders from Fulton County probate court, was taken to Crossroads, a drug rehabilitation clinic in Antigua, West Indies founded by Eric Clapton
2005:
Appeared alongside husband Bobby Brown and family on the Bravo reality series "Being Bobby Brown"; couple filed for divorce the following year
2009:
Gave first interview in seven years on season premiere of "The Oprah Winfrey Show"
2009:
Released comeback album <i>I Look to You</i>; entered <i>Billboard</i> albums chart at No. 1
2012:
Final film appearance, a remake of the 1976 drama "Sparkle" opposite Jordan Sparks; released posthumously

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